We Are The Story quilt exhibition in Minneapolis
The Textile Center in Minneapolis is hosting the seven quilt exhibitions We Are the Story until June 12, 2021 along with the Women of Colors Quilters Network (WCQN). These exhibitions will illustrate the Black history in the United States by representing, thanks to quilts, symbols of liberation, resistance and empowerment.
Minneapolis being the center of the Black Lives Matter movement since the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, the Textile Center along with the WCQM decided to create this initiative by making a call to the American artists. The answer was remarkable since 423 quilts were sent. Carolyn Mazloomi, WCQM’s founder and member of the Textile Center council selected 89 quilts the two exhibitions : Gone but Never Forgotten and Racism: In the Face of Hate We Resist.
A third exhibition called We Who Believe in Freedom will display members of the WCQM’s quilts. The four others will be solo exhibitions of four committed artists : I Wish I Knew How it Feels to be Free (Quilts by Dorothy Burge, Chicago, IL), Sacred Invocations (Quilts by Sylvia Hernandez, Brooklyn, NY), The Protest Series (Quilts by Penny Mateer, Pittsburgh, PA), et Freedom Rising: I Am the Story (Quilts by L’Merchie Frazier, Boston, MA.).
This initiative is aiming to use patchwork as a way to express and share in order to tell the unsung stories and to educate the next generations. Thus, the covered themes will be : remembering those lost to police brutality, history of civil rights, and racism in America
To learn more about the event : download the press release
And as we can not travel there, we share with you a few exposed quilts :